App of the week: iMovie

Devices: iPhone / iPad


What is it? A video editing app.

How is it of use to journalists? This app is for those who need to edit video on the fly.

iMovie, which is made by Apple and is a pared-down version of the Mac desktop app, allows you to edit, add simple transitions and titles, and record a voiceover. It's intuitive and works well on the iPhone's small screen.

iMovie app

The app allows you to import footage from your camera roll and then export the edited video package back to the camera roll, to YouTube, Vimeo or Facebook, or, for citizen journalists, direct to CNN's iReport.

iMovie is used by journalists at Irish broadcaster RTE, Glen Mulcahy, production development manager for news, told when speaking to us about the iPhone reporting kits RTE is supplying to journalists.

Mulcahy recommends FiLMic Pro, a previous app of the week for journalists, for shooting video footage and then using iMovie to edit. He suggests Pinnacle Studio for editing on an iPad, which comes with a higher £8.99 price tag.

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